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Garden Day is April 5 in FF

Published 7:24am Monday, March 31, 2014 Updated 9:24am Monday, March 31, 2014

The Otter Tail Master Gardeners have been planning this year’s Garden Day since last November. Their motto is “workshops for everyone” and that is truer than ever this year.

The workshops are geared to the beginning or intermediately experienced gardener.

There are workshops on just one subject like clematis, raspberries, conifers, bulbs, tomatoes, honeyberries, hydrangeas, hardy roses, peonies, garlic, apples, strawberries, blueberries, daylilies, and sweet potatoes.

Then there are the more wide ranging subjects. You can learn about the newest things like vertical gardening, using glass in the garden, railroad gardening, curb appeal landscaping, seed starting, container water gardening, winter hydroponics, planting native seeds, edible landscaping and, the hit of last year, straw bale gardening.

For the hands on people we will have a class on dehydrating, garden lighting, Japanese lanterns, garden photography, backyard birding, and cooking with herbs.

This is only a hint of all the workshops available.

The keynote speaker this year is Eric Johnson who will speak on 10 ways to ignite drama in your garden.

The Master Gardeners are encouraging gardeners to plant more native plants and to that end, are including a packet of native seeds in the lunch bags.

The packet looks very sparse, but there will be at least 50 seeds in it.

Because of the expense of flower pots, we have gone to reusable, very colorful gift bags for lunch this year.

As usual, there will be a gym full of vendors selling everything from live plants, to the fancy pots to put them in, birding and gardening books, and most any tool a gardener can dream of.

Of course, the Master Gardeners will have the “ask the Master Gardeners” table in the gym and another in a classroom for questions your classes haven’t covered.

Garden Day will be held at the Kennedy Secondary School in Fergus Falls again this year.

The rooms are large, seats built for adults, and have all the fancy electronic tools for the presenters to work with.

Doors open at 8 a.m. Register then head to the gym for coffee and rolls and to peruse the vendor’s offerings.

Workshops start at 9 a.m. . The keynote speaker is at 11, and then lunch. All afternoon there will be coffee and cookies. All this and five workshops for $30.

Come and join us for an educational and fun filled day on April 5. (See the class schedule at


Bev Johnson is an Extension master gardener in Otter Tail County

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